The beautiful Dahlia flower is native from Mexico and is their
national flower since 1963. It belongs to the Asteraceae family and
is related to the Chrysanthemum, Zinnia, and Helianthus.
Long before Dahlia was admired for its beauty, the flower was grown
as food by the Aztecs. But when potatoes and corn were introduced
as food source centuries ago the Dahlia was forgotten until the
Swedish botanist Andreas Dahl paid attention to the flower, and
named the flower Dahlia.